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Dublin Castle
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Dublin Castle featuring heritage architecture, a garden and heritage elements

Discover medieval excavations from a Viking ruin and appreciate the majesty of the state apartments, the chapel and the landscape gardens.

The 18th-century Dublin Castle is among the city’s most iconic sites. A small park with pretty floral displays lies behind the castle, which replaced a 13th-century Viking military fortress. Learn its fascinating history as the seat of British and Irish governments over the centuries.

Arrive in the spacious Georgian courtyard and snap photos of the historic castle. Gaze up at the Bedford Tower, which dates back to 1761. The façade has a bright green dome atop a clock tower. Note the Romanesque qualities, such as the stately columns and large pediment, of the base of the structure.

Look for the Record Tower, the only preserved part from the medieval castle that predated the current structure. Take a guided tour of the castle for a better understanding of its history. See relics from Vikings and browse the stately Georgian chambers. Enter the majestic Chapel Royal for its extraordinary Gothic revival interior. Today, the castle is used for state receptions and presidential inaugurations.

Stroll through the pleasant Dubh Linn Garden and appreciate its landscape designs. Visit the charming individual gardens that have colorful flowers and plants. The central lawn is circular with patterns of brick paths weaving through it. It doubles as a helicopter landing pad. Note the Celtic symbolism in the snake paths and maze gardens.

Purchase souvenirs and items with a castle theme from the gift shop. Snacks and refreshments are available in the Silk Road Café. Hear tales about the castle’s rich past, including the theft of the Irish Crown Jewels here in 1907.

The castle is open daily year-round except for a few closures for festive holidays. Visit between morning and late afternoon. The castle opens several hours later on Sundays. Select a guided-tour ticket for access to the State Apartments. Children and students get discounts.

Dublin Castle is on the southern side of the River Liffey in the center of Dublin in one of the most historical parts of the city. Take a bus to a stop in front of the castle. Visit the nearby attractions, such as City Hall, the Olympia Theatre and Christ Church Cathedral.

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The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $109 per night from May 25 to May 25
Located in Temple Bar, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Trinity College and Dublin Castle. St. Stephen's Green and St. Patrick's Cathedral are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (998 reviews)
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"Love this hotel, have stayed before. The rooms are lovely, apart from the bed being quite small. The bar/lobby area is beautiful and well worth sitting for a drink. Great location for everything, Tesco just across the road for convenience too."

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2020

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Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $86 per night from May 19 to May 19
Located in City Centre Dublin, this hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 minutes. ...
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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $105 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
Located in City Centre Dublin, this romantic hotel is steps from Rotunda Hospital and O'Connell Street. Parnell Square and O'Connell Bridge are also within 10 ...
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The Fleet
The Fleet
4 out of 5
19-20 Fleet Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $109 per night from May 25 to May 25
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Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
Jurys Inn Dublin Parnell Street
4 out of 5
Moore Street Plaza, Parnell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $86 per night from May 19 to May 19
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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham Dublin
4 out of 5
23 Upper O Connell Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $105 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 13
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Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin
4 out of 5
Dean St, The Liberties, Dublin
The price is $100 per night from May 19 to May 19
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Temple Bar Inn
3 out of 5
40-47 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin
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Zanzibar Locke
Zanzibar Locke
3.5 out of 5
34 ORMOND QUAY LOWER, Dublin
The price is $80 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Harding Hotel
Harding Hotel
3 out of 5
Copper Alley, Fishamble Street, Christchurch, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $121 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 6
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Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
Marlin Hotel Stephens Green
4 out of 5
11 Bow Ln E, Dublin
The price is $95 per night from May 24 to May 24
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Brooks Hotel
4 out of 5
59-62 Drury Street, Dublin, Dublin
The price is $191 per night from May 24 to May 24
Brooks Hotel
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